Having enlisted in the Army in 1974, Priscilla "Pat" (Walker) Locke attended the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School before entering West Point with the Class of 1980, the first to include women. Upon graduation, she branched Air Defense Artillery, commanding a HAWK battery in Germany and serving as both operations and executive officer for a Patriot battalion. She also completed a tour as executive officer at the U.S. Air Defense Artillery School, and earned several graduate degrees. Following her retirement from active duty in 1995, she served as a leadership and ethics mentor while remaining active in the Army community. In this interview, she discusses her early years in tumultuous Detroit, her decision to join the Army, the culture shock she experienced at West Point, the myriad challenges she faced as a woman and an African-American, and the life lessons she passes on to aspiring leaders.